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Inside The Game: Flames vs. Senators

by Aaron Vickers / Calgary Flames


CALGARY, AB -- The Calgary Flames got crowned in the Nation’s capital.

Kyle Turris had two goals and an assist while Robin Lehner made 37 saves to lift the Ottawa Senators to a 6-3 win against the Flames at Canadian Tire Centre on Sunday.

The loss mathematically eliminated the Flames from Stanley Cup Playoff contention.

The Senators scored four consecutive goals, including three in the third period to break a 3-3 tie.

After Turris tied the game in the late stages of the second period, Jared Cowen gave Ottawa the lead just 1:12 into the third, taking a pass from Mika Zibanejad and fired a shot that hit Mikael Backland and glanced off Karri Ramo's stick before rolling over the Calgary goaltender and into the net for a 4-3 lead.

Clarke MacArthur added his 24th of the season near the midway mark of the third and Turris added his second of the night into the empty net with 1:21 remaining to give the Senators their third win in the past four games.

Near the midway mark of the first period, Milan Michalek put Ottawa on the board, redirecting a point shot off the stick of Erik Karlsson behind Ramo at 10:42.

It took Matt Stajan just 2:41 to respond with his 12th of the season, taking a nifty pass from Jiri Hudler behind the net and burying it behind Lehner to draw even at 1-1.

In the dying stages of the first, Michalek restored the lead with his second of the game. Jason Spezza stepped around TJ Brodie and skated out of the corner before feeding a cross-slot pass that Michalek tapped in for a 2-1 Ottawa lead heading into the first intermission.

Outshooting the Senators 21-9 in the second period, the Flames managed to pull even after 40 minutes.

After Lehner denied back-to-back bank shots from both Mike Cammalleri and Mikael Backlund, Paul Byron corralled a rebound in the slot and beat Lehner 3:59 into the frame for his seventh of the season.

With his 20th of the season, Sean Monahan put Calgary up 3-2 after walking off the boards and beating Lehner with a sharp-angled shot short side at 7:05.

But on Ottawa’s fourth shot of the period, Turris tied the game after cruising through the high slot and taking a pass from Clarke MacArthur before beating Ramo at 16:47.


With a penalty to Chris Phillips having just expired seconds before, Monahan walked off the boards and fired a sharp angle shot over the glove of Lehner and under the bar to temporarily put the Flames up 3-2 just over seven minutes into the middle frame.


Before finding the back of the net for his second of the game, Turris almost found one in alone on Ramo but the Calgary netminder made a toe save on a deke to temporarily keep the Flames within two.


Goals just four minutes apart split by the second intermission turned a 3-2 deficit into a 4-3 lead for the Senators. Ottawa added two more in the final 20 minutes to secure the win.


With his second period marker, Monahan becomes the first Calgary rookie to hit the 20-goal plateau since Dion Phaneuf accomplished the feat in 2005-06. He also becomes the first Flames rookie forward to hit the mark since Jarome Iginla in 1996-97.


Kenny Agostino, Bryce Van Brabant and Ben Hanowski were scratched against the Senators. Markus Granlund (upper body), Dennis Wideman (upper body) and David Jones (upper body) all missed the game due to injury.


The Flames continue with their second on their five-game road swing with a stop in Toronto to face the Maple Leafs on Tuesday (5 p.m. MST, SNET-W, SN960).

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